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Too Pure

Rating: 6.8/10 ?

May 2, 2007
Let's face it, IDM is pretty much the most taken-for-granted style of music out there. Deeply immersed in the 'PowerBook generation', us devotees often seem to overlook the genre's roots, back when beat-splicing and mash-ups weren't realizable via a few clumsy clicks.

Seefeel, on the other hand, are of the generation from an era when writing electronic music meant laying claim to whatever economical piece of kit one could get their grubby hands on, be it Casio keyboards or cheap drum machines - whatever was likely to produce some sort of sound. Moreover, the group's influence in shaping the way the likes of Boards of Canada and a significant share of Warp's current roster have thought about music is paid testament by Too Pure's decision to re-release Quique in format, which originally saw the light of day back in 1993.

On the heels of shoegaze's recent reawakening, Too Pure's reissue of Quique fits in pertinently to the cycle of resurgences that appears to be at play. Essentially, Seefeel took the hazy, drawn-out scapes that My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive utilized in the late 80s and early 90s and suped them up electronically, lining them with beats and the signature synths that defined the moment. Subsequently, their output - by today's standards - may not be as polished as that found on Music Has the Right to Children, for example, but at the time it was more experimental. Seefeel were playing with sound, and accomplished a great deal considering what they had to work with.

Although Quique was Seefeel's first album, and worthy of considerable note on that alone, it was not their best. A year later the band released Polyfusia - a hypnotic, dynamic, and altogether more proficient collection. Quique, in comparison, drags a little, and the threads of tracks such as "Climatic Phase #3" and "Plainsong" get lost in the mix.

While few are likely to be bowled over by Quique fourteen years after its original release, Too Pure's redux reissue nonetheless marks a great concept. The early 90s were a revolutionary few years for English electronic music, and anyone willing to pay tribute to a group that played such a noteworthy role in it deserves credit.

Reviewed by Mike Wright
A staff writer based in London, England, Mike Wright is eternally troubled by the American bastardization of the English language.

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